Patna: Thousands of people across Bihar cleaned up their villages on March 22, marking a unique start to the much awaited Bihar Divas celebrations.
Principal Secretary HRD Anjani Kumar Singh said that villagers voluntarily carried out cleaning work in 45,000 villages to make it a special day. Bihar Divas marks the day when the British carved out the state from the Bengal Presidency on March 22, 1912.
Singh said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar formally kickstarted the celebrations on March 22 evening by floating 99 lamps at the historic Gandhi Maidan, the main hub of celebrations, to mark the 99th anniversary of creation of Bihar.
“In all villages also, people will light 99 lamps to mark their participation in Bihar Divas,” Singh said.
The state will mark its centenary in 2012 with programs throughout the year. The Chief Minister said the celebration was planned to help advertise Bihar.